Rangers last-gasp bid to thwart Celtic update as £25m-a-yr deal ushers in new era

Celtic are set to today be named Scottish champions for the ninth successive season despite the vehement objections of Rangers.

An SPFL board meeting scheduled for this morning is set to ratify the wish of Friday’s meeting of the 12 Scottish Premiership that the campaign is terminated and Celtic’s title is confirmed.

Neil Lennon’s side sit 13 points clear of Rangers, while Hearts will be relegated five points adrift of safety.

Both clubs have pushed strongly against the SPFL plan for the top flight to follow the lower leagues and be terminated based on current standings, but there is now an acceptance that completing the season in the current climate is impossible.

Despite some last-minute Ibrox clamouring, the season will be called based on the current top 12 league standings.

That means Celtic will be declared champions for a record-equalling ninth time in a row, Rangers runners-up and joined by third-placed Motherwell and Aberdeen in the Europa League, and Hearts doomed to relegation to the second tier.

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The SPL clubs are focused on preserving as much of the 2020-21 season as possible, because of the importance of the new Sky Sports deal which begins on August 1.

It is worth £125m across five years and will be a lifeblood to the Scottish game, as many of its clubs face a fight for survival.

The broadcaster will show up to 48 live Premiership matches every season, as well as the Premiership/Championship Play-offs, on its dedicated football channel.

That does not rule out legal challenges from Rangers, who have embarked upon a public civil war with the SPFL over the last two months, and Hearts further down the line.

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